Sunday, May 2, 2010

Making Mini-Easel Artwork

I ran across these mini easels at my favorite art supply store (that's where I met my husband) and thought I had to do something with them. They have tiny little canvas that you can purchase but I wasn't really crazy about them. I was more interested in using them for some of my prints. So after some creative thought I can up with this...


I cut some mdf squares with my scroll saw just a tiny bit larger than my prints and sanded off any rough edges. Oh, if your interested, I use I Print From Home for these (3x2.5) prints and the quality is wonderful thick photographic paper. Then I simply painted them and glued the prints down. I didn't use my typical Golden Matte Medium for my glue instead I used Mod Podge.  Then I added a layer of Mod Podge over the entire front including the edges. I wasn't crazy about all the streaks from the Mod Podge so after it all dried I layered a coat of Diamond Glaze over the surface. It worked but I had lots and lots of bubbles to pop or drag them off with a brush because some of the bubbles were just too tiny to pop. I am going to experiment with a thick epoxy or resin of some kind. I plan to do my homework and let you know what works best. 


Anyhoo, I am pleased with the way they turned out and excited to make some more.


12 comments:

lori vliegen said...

these are SO cute!!! and you've chosen some of my favorite designs to put on those sweet little easels! thanks for the print link.....i'm going to have to order some prints of my doodles! :))

Jennifer said...

Ooh - how fun! Mini art! Love it!

Megan Coyle said...

They look great!! What a clever way to make use of those little easels.

Mechelle said...

They are adorable! Have you tried Delta Satin Varnish before? I love coating my prints and jewelry with it.

Jennifer DeDonato said...

No I haven't heard of it and I will certain look into it. Thanks for the heads up.

knack said...

these a re perfection! love them!

xo

Mr. Spoqui said...

Cute!
Saludos,
Mr Spoqui
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Adriana Whitney said...

These are great! I saw them in person and the bubbles were not bad at all. I will try the print at home company.

deborahspalette said...

New follower via Martha Lever...
I love this post, I had an idea to do some original watercolors just like that. I just love those little easels. Enjoyed snooping around you blog and art. I will be back. Stop by for a visit at
www.artnsoulbydeborah.com when you have a moment. Many Blessing, Deborah

Amy C said...

these are so super cute

rachel awes said...

i ADORE these. x

Alisa said...

Love these minis!